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May 2010

(RICHMOND HILL, GA) National Launch Event for The Matthew Freeman Project: Pens & Paper for Peace

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WHAT:  The National Launch Event for The Matthew Freeman Project:  Pens & Paper for Peace 

WHEN: Monday, May 31, 2010, 12:00 Noon 

WHERE:  J.F. Gregory Park, Veterans Memorial, Ford Avenue, Richmond Hill Georgia 

WHY: To launch the national campaign of American school children collecting school supplies and sending them to U.S. military personnel for distribution to children in Afghanistan and Iraq whose education has been interrupted by armed conflict.  

CONTACT: Jim Bunn                203-981-3849            jwbny@aol.com

 


(RICHMOND HILL, GA) The Matthew Freeman Project: Pens & Paper for Peace will officially launch its national campaign on Memorial Day, Monday, May 31, 2010 with a live kickoff event in Richmond Hill, Georgia beginning at noon.

The 45-minute ceremony will take place at the Veterans Memorial in J. F. Gregory Park on Ford Avenue.

The event will recognize Richmond Hill Boy Scouts who began collecting schools supplies after Marine Captain Matthew C. Freeman, a Richmond Hill Eagle Scout, was killed in combat in Afghanistan in August of last year.  Just two days before he was killed, Captain Freeman called his mother, Lisa, a 30-year veteran Richmond Hill school teacher, and said, ""Mom, the kids would rather have pens and paper more than anything, even food or water.  Would you please start a collection and send them to me?"

"The amazing thing about Matthew’s call was that he had only been in Afghanistan for a week," said Ms. Freeman, who founded The Matthew Freeman Project: Pens & Paper for Peace and who will explain the national effort at Monday’s event.   "He had an amazing capacity – the vision to see what was needed – and then do whatever was required to meet the need. Now it’s up to us to realize his vision. "

Shortly after his death, Richmond Hill Boy Scouts organized a collection drive of pens and paper and gave them to soldiers at Fort Stewart, who, in turn, distributed them to school children in Afghanistan.

Students in five other states have volunteered to serve as Chapter Presidents of The Matthew Freeman Project: Pens & Paper for Peace as they organize and direct collection efforts in their communities.  Some of them will be introduced at the event, and the project’s Web site www.freemanproject.org will go "live" with a ceremonial switch thrown by Theresa Freeman, Matthew’s widow.

"We’re hoping to add more states as more people become aware of Matthew’s and his mother’s story," said Jim Bunn, a volunteer with the project who covered the war in Afghanistan as an embedded journalist for NBC News with the 101st Airborne, Third Brigade. "We believe that having American school children help children in war-torn countries continue their education is a message of hope and healing that will have universal appeal no matter what people think about the war."

The Richmond Hill High School band will provide music at the event and a color guard from nearby Fort Stewart will also be part of the ceremony.

The Matthew Freeman Project: Pens & Paper for Peace is a not-for-profit charitable organization dedicated to collecting pens, paper, and other school supplies in cities and towns across the country and sending them to U.S. military personnel for distribution in Afghanistan, Iraq, and other war-torn countries where children’s education has been interrupted by armed conflict.  Donations are tax-deductable. 

Contact: Jim Bunn                203-981-3849            jwbny@aol.com 
 

(SAVANNAH, GA) COMMUNiTY HEADLiNES, May 24 , 2010

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(SAVANNAH, GA.)  The Kimberly Clark distribution center in Logan, NJ and the Green Building in Augusta, GA have both earned LEED certification. Trident Sustainability Group served as final LEED consultant on both projects.  www.tridentsustainability.com

(WASHINGTON, DC) Calling small business the backbone of the nation’s economy, President Barack Obama stressed his Administration’s commitment "to helping small businesses drive our economy toward recovery and long-term growth" in his proclamation of the week of May 23-29 as National Small Business Week. http://www.sba.gov/news

(HARDEEVILLE, SC) PHOTOS from The Hardscape and Outdoor Living Trade Show SPOTTED

(SAVANNAH, GA) Rotary International has a significant award that is presented to a select 150 members of the 1.2 million worldwide members each year.  The Service Above Self Award is presented to a Rotarian who has demonstrated exemplary humanitarian service with an emphasis on personal volunteer efforts and active involvement in helping others through Rotary.  At the recent Rotary District Conference in Jekyll Island, GA, Rotarian Wells Hood, a member of the Rotary Club of Skidaway Island was recognized by Past RI President, Dr. Cliff Dochterman of California for his work and commitment to the education of the people of Matenwa in Haiti.

(SAVANNAH, GA) The next Buy Local Savannah’s program will be "How to identify who your customers are, and where to find them" presented by Dr. Rick McGrath, Professor of Economics at Armstrong Atlantic State University.  Attendees will garner usable, practical strategies on how to target markets with the most potential, and isolating upper tier prospects within those markets.    Thursday, May 27 at the Pirate’s House from 11:30 – 12:00 Networking, 12:00 – 1:00 Program www.buylocalsavannah.com.  $20 per member, $30 for guests.

(SAVANNAH, GA) The 2010 Tail USTA $50,000 Savannah Challenger is pleased to announce that it has presented the Savannah Community Foundation with check for $600. The funds were raised during the Challenger’s Pro-Am event, in which local tennis aficionados were paired with the tournament’s professional players.  www.savfoundation.org

(SAVANNAH, GA) Alzheimer’s touches all our lives because one in eight people aged 65 and older have Alzheimer’s disease. By 2050, it’s estimated up to 16 million Americans will have Alzheimers. Join us Wednesday, June 16th at 12:00 noon for lunch at the Outback restaurant on Abercorn for a Team Captain kickoff meeting where you can learn more about fundraising for this cause. Please RSVP for lunch 912-920-2231 and to learn more about the Alzheimer’s Association Savannah Memory Walk coming this fall or email jami.murray@alz.org
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(RICHMOND HILL, GA)  The city of Richmond Hill will host a Memorial Day Observance in J. F. Gregory Park next to the Veterans Monument on Friday, May 28 at 11 am.  Representatives from local veteran’s organizations will speak at the ceremony.  Our special guest speaker will be Brigadier General Jeffrey Phillips, Deputy Commanding General – Rear and Senior Commander, 3rd Infantry Division.  All are welcome to attend to honor those veterans who died while serving their community and country.

(SAVANNAH, GA)The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society is hosting its first ever Night of Champions, recognizing  local businesses who are already hiring workers with Down syndrome and other intellectual disabilities, and encouraging other businesses to do the same.  Night of Champions will take place Thursday, June 10th at The Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum in Pooler. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the awards program will begin at 7 p.m. Catering will be provided by The Lady & Sons Restaurant. Night of Champions is open to the public. Tickets are   $15 each. For more information, please contact Brooke May at b.may602@comcast.net

(SAVANNAH, GA) Odie is a wonderful and well mannered dog 4 year old female Beagle. She is crate and housetrained, great with other dogs and loves kids. http://humanesocietysav.org/animal_view.asp?PhotoID=2405

(TYBEE ISLAND, GA) Saturday, June 12, 2010  is the 12th Annual Tybee Island Sea Kayak Races to benefit the Tybee Island Marine Science Center.   Races begin at 8:30 a.m., registration begins 7:15.  Please join us at A-J’s, 1315 Chatham Ave., Tybee for the fun. And please consider sponsoring  – gold $500, silver $250, and bronze $100.  www.tybeemarinescience.org or 786-5917 for more info.

(SAVANNAH, GA) According to the National Down Syndrome Congress Center, as many as eighty percent of adults with Down syndrome are currently unemployed. Low expectations and a lack of understanding about the great skills and fine work ethic many people with Down syndrome possess has contributed to this sad statistic. The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) hopes to reverse this trend by encouraging area employers to give workers with intellectual disabilities a chance. LDSS is hosting its first ever Night of Champions ON June 10, recognizing local businesses who are already hiring workers with Down syndrome and other intellectual disabilities, and encouraging other businesses to do the same. For more information, please contact LDSS Vice President Brooke May at b.may602@comcast.net.

(HARDEEVILLE, SC) Savannah Hardscapes is a sponsor of the 55th Beaufort Water Festival, July 16-25th. http://www.bftwaterfestival.com/index.php?page=sponsors-info

(SAVANNAH, GA) Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty presents 1921 Bull Street. The Historic "Gingerbread House" is considered by many as one of the most important examples of Steamboat Gothic architecture in the United States.   This home was buit for Cord Asendorf and family in 1899.  Agent Franklin Williams 912.695.3608 http://www.celiadunnsir.com/commercial_detail.asp?listingID=21

     
     

(SAVANNAH, GA) Applications are due for the next Leadership Savannah class by June 14;
APPLICATION

(SAVANNAH, GA) The City of Savannah’s Cultural Affairs Commission has issued a "Call for Proposals" for the 2011 Contracts for Cultural Services initiative. The deadline for applications will be Saturday, July 10, 2010 at 5 p.m. contact Michelle Hunter at (912) 525-3100 ext. 2847 or mhunter@savannahga.gov

(SAVANNAH, GA)  Get your booth and your tickets for the Small Business Banquet and Trade Show. Tuesday, June 15 at the Savannah Marriott Riverfront from 5 to 9 p.m. For info call Susan Smith, 644.6434 or ssmith@savannahchamber.com

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce is Accepting Applications for Small Business Council / SMART Lunch Series for the August-December 2010 Lunch Series. The deadline for applications is Friday, May 28. For more info contact 912.644.6407 http://www.savannahchamber.com

(SAVANNAH, GA) UPCOMING CHAMBER EVENTS

 
 

(SAVANNAH, GA) Fund Raising Tip by ROBIN GOLD.  You need to focus your fundraising attention on the right age groups. Target your appeals to older  donors, but don’t leave out younger people who can be cultivated for the future. Younger donors are  more likely to donate volunteer time in lieu of cash donations; 72% of all people over the age of 55 contribute to charity regularly, 68% of all people made a charitable donation in the last year, 45% of people under age 35 made a gift to charity. http://goldfundraising.wordpress.com/

(SAVANNAH, GA)  Fallen bald eagle returns to Modena Island home. The young bird fledged about a week too soon
 http://savannahnow.com/news/2010-05-19/fallen-bald-eagle-returns-modena-island-home

(RICHMOND HILL, GA) Coastal Georgia historian Buddy Sullivan of Richmond Hill (middle) recently received a statewide award from the Georgia Historical Society in recognition of his services to the Society since 1995.

 

(HARDEEVILLE, SC) Attention Contractors, Landscapers, Masons, Architects and Landscape designers; The Hardscape and Outdoor Living Trade Show is this Friday, May 21 from 12pm to 4pm.  There will be new products, material, installation techniques and design concepts with product and installation demonstrations, all designed to help you help your clients and your business. Trade Show will be held on HWY 315 between Savannah and Bluffton in Hardeeville, SC. For details call Savannah Hardscapes at 843-784-6060. www.savannahhardscapes.com

JUNE 10, Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society to Host Night of Champions

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Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society to Host Night of Champions

 

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) is hosting its first ever Night of Champions. This new community event is aimed at recognizing the excellent contributions made by workers with Down syndrome. The event is also designed to celebrate area businesses who are hiring people with intellectual disabilities and to encourage other local employers to do the same.

 

According to the National Down Syndrome Congress Center, as many as eighty percent of adults with Down syndrome are unemployed. Low expectations and a lack of understanding about the great skills and wonderful work ethic many people with Down syndrome possess have contributed to this sad statistic. LDSS hopes to reverse this trend by encouraging area employers to give workers with intellectual disabilities a chance. 

 

“People with Down syndrome are just like the rest of us,” said LDSS Vice President and Night of Champions Chairperson, Brooke May. “We all have special talents, gifts, and skills that can be developed and used in the workforce. I hope Night of Champions gives people that ‘aha’ moment where you say yes, people with Down syndrome and other intellectual disabilities are capable and can do a great job somewhere if given the opportunity. As the mother of a seven year old with Down syndrome, I’m hoping for the day when my child will be a fully productive member of society and that includes finding meaningful employment.” 

 

Night of Champions will take place Thursday, June 10th at The Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum in Pooler. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the awards program will begin at 7 p.m. Catering will be provided by The Lady & Sons Restaurant. Night of Champions is open to the public. Tickets are   $15 each. For more information, please contact Brooke May at b.may602@comcast.net.

 

About the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society:

Established in 2006, the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) is a non-profit family support group designed to benefit people with Down syndrome and their families. The LDSS is an affiliate of the National Down Syndrome Society, a national advocate for the value, acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome. 

 

The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society provides outreach to families in eight local counties. Families are encouraged to bring their children with them to meetings, which are held on the fourth Tuesday of each month. These gatherings usually include a guest speaker as well as social time for families to meet and share with one another. For more information call John or Candy Bogardus at (912) 728-8505 or visit the website at http://www.ldssga.org.

(SAVANNAH, GA) Trident Sustainability Group announces two new LEED certification

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For Immediate Release:

Trident Sustainability Group announces two new LEED certifications – Kimberly Clark Distribution Center in Logan, NJ and the Green Building in Augusta, GA. 

(SAVANNAH, Ga.) – The Kimberly Clark distribution center in Logan, NJ and the Green Building in Augusta, GA have both earned LEED certification. Trident Sustainability Group served as final LEED consultant on both projects.  

http://www.tridentsustainability.com

The Kimberly Clark distribution center is a 599,000 sf office and distribution center in Logan, NJ, outside of Philadelphia, and earned LEED NC Silver Certification. The project is owned by DP Parters, who developed the Logistiport warehouses in Pooler. The Green Building, a historic building in downtown Augusta, GA, earned LEED NC Gold certification. Beacon Blue owns and occupies the building.  

"It was exciting to be involved in two LEED projects that are on such different sizes and scales", said Tommy Linstroth, Principal of Trident Sustainability Group. "Even with their geographic and proportional differences, both projects demonstrated significant improvements in energy and water efficiency, and both owners have shown a significant commitment to sustainable development." 

Trident Sustainability Group is a full-service sustainability and green building consulting firm that focuses on providing triple bottom line solutions to a diverse range of clients both locally and nationwide. Trident provides hands on guidance on green building design and construction and offers extensive development-based expertise to help clients achieve LEED certification for their projects. Trident also provides institutional sustainability services to organizations, from nonprofit and small business to municipalities and government agencies looking to decrease energy and water consumption, improve indoor air quality, and reduce their environmental footprint. 
 
 

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(SAVANNAH, GA) Savannah Challenger Presents Check to Savannah Community Foundation

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2010 Tail USTA $50,000 Savannah Challenger Presents Check to Savannah Community Foundation

(SAVANNAH, GA) The 2010 Tail USTA $50,000 Savannah Challenger is pleased to announce that it has presented the Savannah Community Foundation with check for $600. The funds were raised during the Challenger’s Pro-Am event, in which local tennis aficionados were paired with the tournament’s professional players.

"The Savannah Community Foundation is proud to be the charitable partner of the Savannah Challenger, and grateful to be the recipient of its philanthropic generosity," says K. Russell Simpson, president of the Savannah Community Foundation, Inc. "We thank all the volunteers and players who made this possible, and we look forward to continuing our relationship in the years to come for the benefit of the citizens of Savannah."

The Savannah Community Foundation was founded in 1956 as a sister corporation to the local United Way and was reorganized in 1986 as a community foundation. The foundation benefits donors, donees and the community by providing a safe, simple and efficient vehicle for philanthropic capital formation, investment and distribution to public charities. Each year, typically more than 200 charitable organizations receive grants from the Savannah Community Foundation.

The 2010 Tail USTA $50,000 Savannah Challenger took place May 1-9 at The Landings on Skidaway Island. Forty-eight USTA tennis professionals competed before capacity crowds at the Franklin Creek Tennis Center. Kei Nishikori of Japan won the singles tournament, defeating Ryan Sweeting of the United States, while the doubles team of Jamie Baker and James Ward of Great Britain bested the team of Bobby Reynolds (United States) and Fritz Wolmarans (South Africa).

For more information on the 2010 Tail USTA $50,000 Savannah Challenger, please visit www.savannahchallenger.com. For more information about the Savannah Community Foundation, please visit www.savfoundation.org.

(SAVANNAH, GA) 2010 Tail USTA $50,000 Savannah Challenger Attracts Thousands of Tennis Fans

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2010 Tail USTA $50,000 Savannah Challenger Attracts Thousands of Tennis Fans

 

(SAVANNAH, GA) The 2010 Tail USTA $50,000 Savannah Challenger was once again a major success, drawing thousands of tennis fans from the region, who were treated to a week of professional matches. The tournament, which took place May 1-9 at The Landings on Skidaway Island, featured 48 world-ranked tennis professionals vying to win highly coveted ATP ranking points in addition to prize money.

 

http://www.savannahchallenger.com

 

Kei Nishikori of Japan won the singles tournament, defeating Ryan Sweeting of the United States 6-4, 6-0, while the doubles team of Jamie Baker and James Ward of Great Britain bested the team of Bobby Reynolds (United States) and Fritz Wolmarans (South Africa) 6-3, 6-4.

 

Attendance at the 2010 Tail USTA $50,000 Savannah Challenger surpassed the previous year’s total of 3,200, and there were capacity crowds during several days of the week-long tournament.

 

Several other successful events were held in conjunction with the tournament, including a Kid’s Day Clinic sponsored by Palm Avenue that gave children a unique opportunity to interact with tennis professionals, a Ladies Day featuring special prizes for the women in attendance, a players party at the Village Bar and Grille on Skidaway Island, and a Pro-Am in which 100 percent of the proceeds were donated to the Savannah Community Foundation.

 

The event’s title sponsor was Tail Activewear, a leading brand in women’s golf and tennis apparel. Other sponsors included the Atlanta Bread Company, Burger King, the Georgia Ports Authority, Mandarin Express, Memorial University Medical Center, SATA, the Greater Savannah Sports Council, the Savannah Tennis League, Southern Eagle Distributors, Trinchero Family Estates, the Village Bar and Grille, Welch Tennis Courts, Yates-Astro Termite & Pest Control, Southern Motors Acura and Vinyl Industries. Hoover Dodge Jeep Chrysler provided the vans for player transportation, and Dr. Spencer Wheeler of Chatham Orthopaedic Associates served as the tournament physician. Coca-Cola provided water and electrolytes for the players.

 

"Tail is proud to be associated with the USTA Savannah Challenger. The Landings staff and many volunteers worked tirelessly to make this a terrific success and we thank them," says Jerry Edwards, CEO of Tail Activewear, who encourages people to visit Tail’s Facebook page for many great photos from the tournament. "We greatly appreciate those in the community that turned out to support the tournament, especially the ladies in the Savannah Tennis League for their support of Tail Day. This has been a terrific event that will bring well deserved recognition to Savannah."

 

Other sponsors echoed Edwards’ enthusiasm, including Alex Salgueiro, president and CEO of Savannah Restaurants Corp., the local Burger King Franchise of the Coastal Empire.

 

"It was a great community event, and they had a great turnout," Salgueiro says. "We hope the tournament returns next year."

 

Benjamin Wilder, director of the Greater Savannah Sports Council, praised both the tournament’s facilities, as well as the level of competition.

 

"The Savannah Challenger was once again a great success in the eyes of the Sports Council," Wilder says. "The Franklin Creek Tennis Center was immaculate, which makes it the ideal place to watch tennis, and furthermore, I couldn’t say enough about the quality of players and their impressive skill level."     

 

For a complete wrap-up of the 2010 Tail USTA $50,000 Savannah Challenger, including detailed information about the qualifying rounds and main draw competition, please visit www.savannahchallenger.com.

(SAVANNAH, GA) Sotheby’s International Realty® Network Collaborates with The New York Times

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

Sotheby’s International Realty® Network Collaborates with The New York Times 

Savannah (May 13, 2010)— Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty in Savannah, GA today announced that the Sotheby’s International Realty network has formed a collaboration with The New York Times to showcase unique properties from its network’s approximately 500 offices in 38 countries and territories worldwide throughout the publication’s Web site, www.nytimes.com. 

The relationship will promote the Sotheby’s International Realty network’s listings exclusively in slideshows throughout the publication’s online real estate section, called Great Homes and Destinations.  The brand’s offices will be showcased exclusively on select “Style Maps” located on The New York Times’s online T magazine throughout the year.  

Sotheby’s International Realty advertising also will be in “Featured Properties” found throughout the section and in an expanding ad that will feature the brand’s latest listings by lifestyle.  Finally, consumers that download The New York Times’s new Real Estate iPhone application will have access to properties represented by the brand worldwide. 

“This relationship brings together two brands renowned for quality in their respective fields,” said Wendy Purvey, senior vice president, marketing, Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC.  “Our goal is to provide our network members access to the valuable exposure this collaboration offers.  It will provide an opportunity to present their many fine listings from all over the world to an international audience.”   
 

“This relationship is an exciting tool for Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty clientele, and a key component to our overall marketing strategy for the homes we represent in the Savannah, Bluffton and Low Country markets,” said Celia Dunn Broker/Owner.  “Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty is proud to offer its clients such a unique and effective way to position their homes in front of an international audience of well-qualified buyers.”   

Known for its tradition of integrity, Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty specializes in residential and commercial properties in Savannah and the Low Country of Georgia and South Carolina. Founded in 1981, Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty is noted for outstanding service to its clients, thorough knowledge of Savannah and the South Carolina Low Country, and excellent staff, in addition to having one of the region’s top property management departments. Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty is a member of Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate. The owners are natives of Savannah who have more than 60 years’ combined experience in real estate. The offices are located at 9, 13, and 17 West Charlton Street on Madison Square in Savannah and 6 Bruin Street in Bluffton, S.C.

 

The Sotheby’s International Realty® network currently has more than 10,600 sales associates located in approximately 500 offices in 38 countries and territories worldwide. 

About Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC

Founded in 1976 to provide independent brokerages with a powerful marketing and referral program for luxury listings, the Sotheby’s International Realty network was designed to connect the finest independent real estate companies to the most prestigious clientele in the world. In February 2004, Realogy Corporation, a global provider of real estate and relocation services, entered into a long-term strategic alliance with Sotheby’s, the operator of the auction house.  The agreement provided for the licensing of the Sotheby’s International Realty name and the development of a full franchise system by Realogy’s subsidiary, Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC. Affiliations in the system are granted only to brokerages and individuals meeting strict qualifications. Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC supports its affiliates with a host of operational, marketing, recruiting, educational and business development resources. Franchise affiliates also benefit from an association with the venerable Sotheby’s auction house, established in 1744. For more information, visit www.sothebysrealty.com. 

 

 CONTACT: 

                                          Lori Combs

                                          912-234-3323

                                          Lori.combs@sothebysrealty.com 

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(SAVANNAH, GA) Tom Bonnell’s Tips on Finding a Private School for Your Child:

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Tom Bonnell’s Tips on Finding a Private School for Your Child: What is the school’s mission?  A good private school should have a mission statement that says succinctly and clearly what its purpose is and what the most important goals it wants to accomplish with its students are. Along with academic goals, it will frequently mention the moral values it hopes to impart to its students as well as religious goals if it is a faith-based school. Like the North Star, the mission of a school is an understanding and purpose that unites faculty, parents, and students and guides them towards a common destination. If a school’s mission statement does not speak to you or you are uncomfortable with it, cross that school off your list.http://tombonnell.wordpress.com/

By Tom Bonnell

Choosing a school for your child has perhaps never seemed as difficult as it currently is for one simple reason: there are more choices than ever. In addition to regular public schools and the traditional private and parochial schools, many communities now offer public magnet schools, charter schools, and a whole host of new private schools coming on the seen, frequently faith-based schools. With all the choices a parent now has, the search for the right one for your child can seem not only confusing, but time-consuming and exhausting.

The important thing in finding a private school for your child is not necessarily finding one that will be “the right school,” but one that will be a good match between the kind of education a school offers, the needs of your child, and your own aspirations for your child’s education. Here are some questions that can help guide you through that process.

   1. What is the school’s mission?

      A good private school should have a mission statement that says succinctly and clearly what its purpose is and what the most important goals it wants to accomplish with its students are. Along with academic goals, it will frequently mention the moral values it hopes to impart to its students as well as religious goals if it is a faith-based school. Like the North Star, the mission of a school is an understanding and purpose that unites faculty, parents, and students and guides them towards a common destination. If a school’s mission statement does not speak to you or you are uncomfortable with it, cross that school off your list.

   2. What Range of Students Is the School Designed to Serve?

      Although all teachers are increasingly being expected to “differentiate” their teaching–be able to shape the instruction in their class to meet the needs of a range of abilities and learning styles–and the whole notion of intelligence being a fixed ability that can be measured by IQ tests is being questioned, most successful private schools have a clear sense of what kind of student they are best able to serve and frequently do admissions testing to make sure a potential student falls within this range. It can be crushing for a child to be placed in a school where the academic expectations are far above his or her current ability to reach them and intellectually deadening to be in one where the work is not adequately challenging. Ask what range of students a school is designed to serve and whether your child will fit into it.

   3. Will Your Child Need Learning Support?

      How does the school handle students with learning disabilities? We fortunately live in an age when educators now understand that a student can be extremely intelligent, but have learning differences that the student will need help compensationg for. What is the school’s policy towards such students? Is it willing to work with them and make accommodations for them? Does it have personnel on the faculty whose job is to support such students?

   4. How Does the School Teach and How Does It Believe Students Learn Best?

      In the 20th Century, schools were frequently divided between progressive schools which emphasized stimulating students’ innate curiosity through engagement in larger themes, exploration, and hands-on learning and frequently minimized the mastery of basic skills, while traditional schools emphasized mastery of basic skills, but often with no connection to larger themes or ideas. Today, most schools have elements of both the and unite the best elements of progressive education—problem or inquiry based learning and, when appropriate, experiential or hands-on learning—with an emphasis on teaching students the essential academic skills they will need for success at the next level. Despite this, it is worthwhile asking what a school’s approach to teaching and learning is to make sure you are comfortable with it. While some students flourish in an inquiry based curriculum, others prefer and need more direct instruction.

   5. A Clearly Articulated Curriculum

      The curriculum is the essential road map that guides teachers of all subjects in their work with your child and shows how the school accomplishes its mission. It should make clear the major goals for each year in each subject, the work that will accomplish it, and the core skills that will be learned in each class and each grade. In addition, the curriculum should show how the goals in one grade build upon those learned in previous years and prepare a child well for success in the following year. 

      While a good private school will allow teachers to be creative in how they accomplish the goals of the curriculum—that is frequently one of the main attractions of teaching at a private school—the major objectives should be clear. While a school’s Admissions Office will not usually have a detailed curriculum on hand, it should be able to show you the curriculum in broad outline.

   6. Arts and Extracurriculars

      Along with offering the traditional academic courses, many private schools offer an arts program (art, music, drama) as well as athletics after school. Such programs provide students additional opportunities to discover their gifts and talents and to enjoy genuine success, even if the student is never going to be at the top of the class academically. In addition, most schools, especially beginning in Middle and High School, have clubs and other activities (e.g. student government, newspaper, yearbook, Model UN, debate, etc.) that offer students opportunities to explore new areas and develop leadership skills. Ask what a school offers in this area and make sure that, if your child has a particular interest in one of these, the school can accommodate it.

   7. Atmosphere

      While the days of sadistic teachers and headmasters like those found in the pages of Charles Dickens are fortunately behind us, the difference in atmosphere between schools can be striking. While all schools should be filled with teachers who genuinely love students and strive to help them succeed in meeting high expectations, each school nevertheless has its own ethos. Some schools are more relaxed, places where students are allowed to move about the school without a hall pass and follow a dress code rather than wearing uniforms, while others believe a more disciplined, buttoned-down atmosphere is better. When you visit a potential school, try to get a sense of the school’s atmosphere and make sure it is one that you and your child will find comfortable.

   8. Faculty

      The heart and soul of any school is its faculty. They, more than anyone else, will determine the quality and nature of your child’s education. Learn from the Admissions Office as much as possible about the faculty and the qualities the school seeks when it hires new teachers. How long have most faculty been at the school? How do the faculty salaries compare with local and regional standards (although most private schools pay less than local public schools, one that pays far below that may not be able to recruit the best faculty)? Does the school have funds to provide ongoing professional development for its faculty? Is there an evaluation system in place that helps teachers grow professionally and identifies weaknesses that need improvement?

   9. Be Sure to Meet the Principal

      Most private schools have, in addition to a Head of School (Headmaster) who guides the whole institution, a Principal who is responsible for each division—Lower School, Middle School and Upper or High School. While the Head of School is important, the principal of each division is just as crucial in leading their division, setting the tone and direction, and helping solve problems. If there is an issue of any sort that arises with your child, the principal along with the classroom teacher will be the main person you deal with. Make sure you are comfortable with this person and that he or she is someone who welcomes communication from parents.

  10. Accreditation

      Private schools are largely free from state regulation and requirements that govern public schools. Nevertheless, a good private school will belong to an organization which accredits private schools and visits them on a regular basis to make sure the school is living up to the standards of the accrediting organization. Be sure to ask what organizations the school is accredited by and when the school’s last accrediting visit was.

  11. Standardized Testing

      In addition to accreditation, does the school give standardized tests that allow it to see how your child and the school as a whole compare with similar schools regionally and nationally? Because these tests are so time consuming, most schools do not give them every year. But do make sure that the school does standardized testing regularly and that it shares the results with parents.

  13. Tuition

      All private schools charge tuition and this tuition will normally go up each year. Wile a number of schools have financial aid for families who cannot afford the tuition, many do not. Are you comfortable with the tuition you will be expected to pay? In addition, most schools encourage parents to contribute to the school’s fundraising efforts according to their means. Tuition almost never covers the full cost of running a school and most schools rely upon annual giving from parents (frequently referred to as the “Annual Fund”) to meet the annual budget.

  14. College Acceptance

      If a school goes through 12th grade, one of its main priorities is helping students gain admission to and succeed in a college that is appropriate for them. While parents sometimes expect a school to be able to guarantee that their child will be admitted to a particular college, this is truly impossible as there are too many factors beyond a school’s control in the college admissions process to guarantee admission to a specific school. But what a school can do is provide a list of colleges to which its students have been admitted in the past few years. Are the colleges represented ones that you would want to see your child attend? Does the school have someone on staff whose job is college counseling and who is truly knowledgeable about the college admissions process?

  15. Communication

      Good communication between school and home is one of the most important factors in the success of any child’s education. What kinds of regular communication does the school promise? If your child suddenly begins to decline academically, who will contact you? How often are report cards or progress reports sent out? Normally, the communication between teachers and home is most frequent in Lower School, but gradually becomes less frequent as the child becomes more independent and progresses into Middle School and Upper School. Nevertheless, make sure that the school is committed to good communication with you about your child at all levels.

      Finding a good private school for your child may be time consuming and sometimes daunting, but hang in there and remember that it’s not about finding “the right school” but one that is a good match for your child. And through the process of researching the next step in your child’s education, you yourself will gain an invaluable education in what makes one school different from another. Good luck!

(SAVANNAH, GA) SAVANNAH CHALLENGER RESULTS MAY 7

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TAIL 2010 USTA SAVANNAH CHALLENGER – SAVANNAH, USA
$ 50,000.00
MAY 01 – MAY 09, 2010

 http://www.savannahchallenger.com

RESULTS – MAY 07, 2010
Men’s
Singles – Quarterfinals

[4] R Sweeting (USA) d [Q] L Gregorc (SLO) 60 36 75
[6] D Young (USA) d C Gard (ROU) 61 62
K Nishikori (JPN) d [8] R Kendrick (USA) 62 61
J Sirianni (AUS) d P Capdeville (CHI) 65 Retired

Men’s
Doubles – Semifinals

J Baker (GBR) / J Ward (GBR) d [1] T Huey (PHI) / H Mankad (IND) 46 76(5) 10-4

ORDER OF PLAY – SATURDAY, MAY 08, 2010
STADIUM start 11:00 am
[4] R Sweeting (USA) vs [6] D Young (USA)
J Sirianni (AUS) vs K Nishikori (JPN)
[WC] B Reynolds (USA) / F Wolmarans (RSA) vs A Kuznetsov (USA) / R Sweeting (USA)

 
 
Michael Loo
C: 914-438-1432

(SAVANNAH, GA) May 6 Results for the TAIL 2010 USTA SAVANNAH CHALLENGER

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TAIL 2010 USTA SAVANNAH CHALLENGER – SAVANNAH, USA
$ 50,000.00
MAY 01 – MAY 09, 2010

 http://www.savannahchallenger.com

RESULTS – MAY 06, 2010
Men’s
Singles – Second Round

[4] R Sweeting (USA) d B Reynolds (USA) 63 76(7)
[Q] L Gregorc (SLO) d [5] M Yani (USA) 75 62
[6] D Young (USA) d R Deheart (USA) 62 63
P Capdeville (CHI) d [7] A Kuznetsov (USA) 46 64 61
[8] R Kendrick (USA) d G Jones (AUS) 61 26 61
J Sirianni (AUS) d J Statham (NZL) 76(5) 63
K Nishikori (JPN) d J Ward (GBR) 67(0) 61 64
C Gard (ROU) d T Smyczek (USA) 62 36 63

Men’s
Doubles – Quarterfinals

[1] T Huey (PHI) / H Mankad (IND) d G Jones (AUS) / J Statham (NZL) 26 64 10-7
J Baker (GBR) / J Ward (GBR) d I Klec (SVK) / M Ryderstedt (SWE) 76(0) 62
[WC] B Reynolds (USA) / F Wolmarans (RSA) d [WC] C Parr (USA) / T Paul (USA) 75 63
A Kuznetsov (USA) / R Sweeting (USA) d [WC] T Dent (USA) / J Gambill (USA) 63 36 10-7

ORDER OF PLAY – FRIDAY, MAY 07, 2010
STADIUM start 10:30 am
K Nishikori (JPN) vs [8] R Kendrick (USA)
J Sirianni (AUS) vs P Capdeville (CHI)
[Q] L Gregorc (SLO) vs [4] R Sweeting (USA)
[6] D Young (USA) vs C Gard (ROU)
[1] T Huey (PHI) / H Mankad (IND) vs J Baker (GBR) / J Ward (GBR)

 
Michael Loo
C: 914-438-1432